Town firm fighting for Lol

FUNDS for injured speedway star Lol Hare are set to be boosted by a night of fun.Ipswich-based company, Keconnect Internet, has added its weight to the campaign by sponsoring an evening of entertainment next month.

By Tracey Sparling

FUNDS for injured speedway star Lol Hare are set to be boosted by a night of fun.

Ipswich-based company, Keconnect Internet, has added its weight to the campaign by sponsoring an evening of entertainment next month.

The Ipswich based rider was paralysed in a crash while riding for Exeter at Newport on April 14. He was treated at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport and is now at the world famous Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire to learn rehabilitation skills from spinal injuries specialists.

A campaign to raise £100,000 for Lol's future needs was organised by his aunt Lynn Dennis and former speedway promoter, Mike Western, in conjunction with the Evening Star.

Regular updates of the 32-year-old's progress have been posted on a specially created web page on the Evening Star's website.

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The Lol Hare Appeal has so far raised more than £62,000 through donations and events including a benefit tournament at Foxhall Stadium on May 30.

The next big event, Keconnect's evening dinner and dance party at the Chicago Rock Café in Ipswich, will take place August 4. It is organised by staff at Swallow Leisure Club at Belstead Brook, of which Lol was a member.

There will be a variety of music provided by a live DJ, a two-course meal for £8.95, of which £3 goes directly to the appeal.

Robert Kemp, managing director at Keconnect, said: "Lol is going to need lifetime care following his tragic accident. But, with the support of the people of Ipswich and the surrounding district, I'm sure that the campaign will raise the required money to provide a quality of life that he would not otherwise be able to experience.

"I would urge anyone looking for a good night out to come along to Chicago's on August 4. You won't be disappointed and you'll be supporting a really worthwhile cause."

Tickets are £5, available from the Swallow Leisure Club on 01473 684241, ext. 696, or online at www.fightingforlol.co.uk.

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Donations to the Lol Hare Appeal can be sent to Geraldine Thompson, Editor's Secretary, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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